By Chris Smith

Tuesday 7th August 2018

Granada, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Granada is based at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountians. It is the 13th biggest city in Spian and was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors - giving it a unique Arab feel to go with it's Moorish architecture. From our experience, the tapas and nightlife also live long in the memory. 

Where to Ride?

From Granada head east and you are spoiled for choice when it comes to riding routes. The great Sierra Nevada mountains loom large over the city and are a playground for us cyclists. The roads are quiet and the mountains high - a perfect combination. Click here for two of our favourite routes.

Where to Stay?

Contact us for our personal recommendations. Our choice would be the Saray Hotel. Well situated, comfortable and very bike-friendly. 

Where to Eat?

Our choice whenever we are in Granada is to head to Bodegas Castaneda. It can be busy, but the tasty traditional tapas, good range of local wines and efficient service make this a great place to eat. 

What to do, other than ride?

Granada has a host of things to do other than cycling;
The Alhambra is a historic palace and fortress located in Granada that is one of the most visited sights in Spain;
Granada Cathedral was built on top of Granada’s mosque at the start of the 16th century - this magnificent building is Spain’s second largest cathedral;
In the days of Moorish rule, Alcaiceria was the location for Granada’s Great Bazaar, where merchants would offer their silks and spices along several criss-crossing streets.

What Climb not to miss?

Don't miss climbing the highest road in mainland Europe, the Pico de Veleta

What you didn't know about Granada?

The pomegranate was known in early English as an "apple of Grenada" – this stemmed from folk etymology, confusing the Latin "granatus" with the name of the city of Granada, which derives from Arabic

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